Bio: Born and raised in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, Stephen Lewis holds a doctorate in American Literature from New York University, and he recently retired as Professor of English at Suffolk Community College on Long Island, New York.
After writing two mysteries set in Brooklyn (published by Walker & Company), Lewis turned his attention to seventeenth century New England.
The stories set in Brooklyn dipped into Lewis's childhood, while the historical mysteries drew upon his expertise as a scholar of New England Puritanism.
Before turning to mystery fiction with The Monkey Rope (1990) and And Baby Makes None (1991), Lewis published short stories, poetry, scholarly articles, and five college textbooks, the most recent of which, Philosophy: An Introduction Through Literature (with Lowell Kleiman, Paragon House, 1990), is currently being used in a number of colleges.
Lewis continues working in various genres, having recently published "The Procession," a poem in Dunes Review, "The Raincoat," a short story in Paumanak Review, and two other stories: "Jerome and Jebediah" in North Atlantic Review, and "A Lick of Blood" in Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine. He is completing Murder on Old Mission, a literary historical novel based on an actual case involving a man who killed his pregnant lover in 1895 on Old Mission Peninsula in northern Michigan.
Lewis has two adult daughters and now lives on five acres in a restored farmhouse on Old Mission Peninsula in northern lower Michigan with his wife, Carolyn, and third daughter. He is an avid sports fan and claims to have had a near religious experience on the night when the Rangers won the Stanley Cup.
Lawyer Seymour Lipp tries to help a teenage girl who was persuaded by her father to give her baby up for adoption--and now wants to change her decision. Her father, Paul Morrissey, had arranged the adoption through a shady lawyer to a Vietnam vet and his wife. When Morrissey is murdered, Lipp investigates several people who would benefit from his death. [Second Seymour Lipp mystery] Mystery by Stephen Lewis; originally published by Walker Mystery
Midwife Catherine Williams's neighbor, Isaac Powell, is found dead and scalped. Suspicion falls on Catherine's Indian assistant Massaquoit, but Powell's apprentice has also disappeared. Catherine and Massaquoit search for the truth in their different?and sometimes dangerous--ways, gathering clues to the dark secrets hidden in the Puritan village of Newbury. Historical Mystery by Stephen Lewis 2nd of the Colonial mysteries featuring Catherine Williams.
The harsh realities of village life in Colonial New England are fertile ground for gossip and superstition. Catherine Williams, a wealthy widow and midwife, refuses to believe that an Irish Catholic servant girl is to blame for the mysterious death of a newborn infant Catherine delivered. With the help of her Native American servant, Massaquoit, she must use the town's own religious prejudices to discover the truth. Historical Mystery by Stephen Lewis, originally published by Berkley Prime Crime
Growing up in mid-century Brooklyn, Seymour Lipp's nemesis is Junior Constantino. Seymour becomes an attorney, Junior a petty criminal. Both at different times have been involved with the sensuous Lois. When Junior is accused of a rape murder he enlists Seymour as his defense attorney. Out of this tangled triangle, The Monkey Rope tells a story that grabs you and doesn't let go. Mystery by Stephen Lewis; originally published by Walker
Catherine Williams, midwife and widowed shipowner, takes in two Quaker siblings, Jane and Roger Whitcomb. When a sailor is found dead, and then there's contention at the Puritan services, the Quakers are suspect. Catherine's Native American assistant, Massaquoit, saves Roger's life once, but someone is determined. And Catherine is determined to find out who the killer is. Third in the Colonial American mystery trilogy featuring Catherine Williams by Stephen Lewis